Live updates


Birmingham pub bombings: Timeline of events

The wreckage left at The Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham after a bomb exploded in an underground bar. Credit: PA

Timeline of events:

  • The bombings at the Tavern in the Town pub and the Mulberry Bush killed 21 people and injured more than 180
  • An investigation by West Midlands Police led to the Birmingham Six being wrongly jailed for the crime
  • Those men were freed in 1991 after their convictions were ruled unsafe by the Court of Appeal
  • In the 1970s, inquests were opened after the attacks
  • The process was overtaken by the criminal inquiry and the later convictions of the Birmingham Six, so the inquests were never resumed
  • The senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Louise Hunt, revealed she had received a “significant” piece of new information at a previous hearing in May
  • Families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings plan to meet the Home Secretary for public funding for their legal representation


Pub bombings: 'No principled objection' to new inquest

A barrister representing West Midlands Police has told a hearing that the force has "no principled objection" to the original inquest into the Birmingham pub bombings reopening.

A decision will be made by the Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull later this month.

Load more updates